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give that a try. good morning, everybody. i'm terrell morning. president obama and speaker john boehner have met trying to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff. the discussion was described as frank. the president is apparently holding firm on taxing the wealthy and there are signs of dissension among the republican ranks. susan mcginnis starts us off this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> hi. good morning, terrell. the two men met for less than an hour, and that's not an encouraging sign. neither of them spoke during the meeting but what we heard before and after is neither side is budging on their core decisions, this as time to make a deal grows shorter. house speaker john boehner made the short trip up pennsylvania avenue to the white house thursday to talk to president obama about the fiscal cliff. the tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. they met for nearly an hour. both sides describe the discussion as frank. >> i think speaker boehner has a contentious caucus. >> the president wants to pretend that spending isn't a problem. that's why we don't have an a
but they take comfort knowing there were several heroes who saved so many young lives. president obama praised their courage at a community vigil last night. >> in the face of indescribeable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you have looked out for each other. >> reporter: 27-year-old victoria soto died shielding some of her first graders from the bullets. >> she is truly a hero. [ crying ] and it's very likely because of her that our son is with us today. >> reporter: school officials say the surviving students won't have to return to the sandy hook elementary school building anytime soon. they will attend classes at another location. as the grieving continues, efforts are under way to resalvage some semblance of normalcy. we have seen moving vans down this road transferring materials from sandy hook elementary school to the new location where the children will eventually be going back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> randall, i wanted to ask you in the aftermath of this one of the things that's come up is gun control and the
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama today promised what he called real action right now to reduce gun violence after the school massacre in newtown, connecticut. he put vice president biden in charge of a government-wide effort, but gave him only until january to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a cult
including president obama. he is expected to speak shortly. cbs will carry the president's remarks live as they happen. >>> chilling new details about -- are emerging about the deadly rampage in connecticut that left 28 people dead including 20 children. sources say the shooter, adam lanza, shot his mother four times in the head, apparently as she lay sleeping. computers in the home were found smashed. lanza then drove it to the school and forced his way in by shooting out a window. within minutes he shot and killed the children and six adults, and then as police closed in, lanza shot himself. in newtown, it was a day to mourn their dead at church services. cbs is in newtown where president obama is among the mourners. >> reporter: hundreds of mourners at a vigil in new town gave first respond ears standing ovation. president obama is there to help this community deal with the tragedy. people have been stopping at town memorials all day. while others attended sunday services focused on the tragedy that shattered this tight-knit community. residents leaned on one another as they remember
of communication are open, but time is running out for a resolution to the impending fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker john boehner met behind closed doors sunday. it was their first face-to-face meeting since november 6, the election day, and now it look like some republicans may be breaking ranks. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. hi, susan. good morning to you. >> hi. many on capitol hill are encouraged by the weekend talks, but to get a deal done on time, apparently action this week is said to be critical. and now we have the president heading out on the road again. president obama leaves d.c. today, headed to michigan to talk to auto workers, part of his strategy to generate public support for his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end. the president and house speaker john boehner met one on one at the white house on sunday. while no details were leaked, a rarity for washington, we do know the main sticking points remain. raising taxes on high earners and making cuts to entitlement programs like medicare. >> you
in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> innocent babies. that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam lanza had enough bullets to kill about every child in the school if given enough time. >> magazine for the rifle and multiple magazines for the rifle and multiple magazines for both handguns. >> reporter: lanza reportedly ducked into a room and killed himself when he heard police arriving. for their bravery, the police received a standing ovation at sunday's memorial service. erica ferrari for cbs news, newtown, connecticut. >> yesterday's public memorial, president obama met privately with families of the victims. >>> the school massacre in co
committed in neighboring sunnyvale. ed. >>> in the wake of the tragedy in newtown, president obama is demanding immediate and specific strategies to curb gun violence. and he is promising that this time washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, more americans have died of gun violence. >> reporter: five days after the sandy hook shooting in newtown, president obama says our country needs more than gun control. we need a solution to stop the violence. that's why he is creating a new interagency task force led by vice president joe biden. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issu
michael bloomberg says president obama isn't vigorously enforcing background hecks on gun buyers and he criticized mr. obama for not naming a permanent director for the federal agency that enforced gun laws. ne talked to the mayor today and we pointed out to him that many millions of americans disagree with gun control. >> lots of people think we shouldn't have speed limits. we still have speed limits. lots of people think we shouldn't have public schools. we still have public schools. pus of people are against a lot of different things. fedemocratic society you have to come together and what a majority of the people want. and every time somebody's on a poll the majority of people want sensible gun restrictions. ib pelley: and in your opinion sensible gun restrictions would include what? >> no guns in the hands of minors, no guns in the hands of sriminals, no guns in the hands of people with psychiatric problems, no guns in the hands of people with substance abuse problems, no guns in the hands of people that we put on the no- fly list. we won't let you fly but we'll sell you a gun. wha
in there tangoing, you've got a chance to get it done. >> president obama and speaker boehner negotiate face to face at the white house. >> republicans are softening their resistance to a tax increase for the rich, but they want something in return. >> there is a growing group of folks realizing that we don't have a lot of cards as it related to the tax issue. >> an american doctor who had been kidnapped by the taliban in afghanistan was rescued. >> dr. dilip joseph is free, but one u.s. navy seal lost his life in this mission. >> this fallen hero was a member of navy s.e.a.l. team 6. >> condolences pouring in after the tragic death of mexican-american singer jenni rivera, killed in a plane crash. >> for the first time since their prank call that led to the apparent suicide of kate middleton's nurse, those radio hosts are speaking out. >> we didn't have any idea like something like this could possibly happen. we couldn't see this p haing. it was meant to be a prank call. >> the midwest covered in snow this morning. some saw up to 17 inches of snow. >> you head out with your well dressed pet monkey.
obama said the law was politically driven. susan mcginnis is in washington with details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, the governor now says he wants the economic boost that the law would bring, the jobs and the companies that would locate there, but many disagree. workers say it's going to push down their pay and benefits and weaken unions. police stand shoulder to shoulder preparing for as many as 10,000 protesters at the michigan state capitol today. >> people have a constitutional right to demonstrate. however, all we ask is that they do it in an orderly, lawful, and civil manner. >> reporter: state legislators vote this morning on a right-to-work bill that would weaken unions. opponents acknowledge they're powerless to stop it. >> at the end of the day they'll be passed and signed by the governor. that doesn't make it right. >> reporter: the bill means michigan workers would no longer have to pay the union fees for negotiating contracts and other services. >> if i'm being provided a service by a particular organization, i don't care if that's a club due or
weeks. the vote is scheduled for tomorrow and the following saturday. >>> president barack obama will meet privately today with u.n. ambassador susan rice. she has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state. ambassador rice has come under fire from some republicans on capitol hill over her comment following the deadly attack in benghazi, libya in september. >> i withdrew my name because i think it's the right thing for the country. and i think it's right thing for the president. >> her interest is in serving me but more importantly serving the country and she has done an outstanding job. i could not be prouder with her. >> with rice no longer being considered, massachusetts senator john kerry is the most likely nominee for secretary of state. >>> the u.s. is sending two batteries of patriot missiles to turkey along with 400 troops to operate them. defense secretary leon panetta signed a deployment order today as he traveled to turkey. it's intended to be part of a nato force to protect turkey from a potential syrian attack. the patriots are capable of
obama has picked his new secretary of state. >> a semi is nearly swallowed up in a massive sinkhole in northern california. >> lawmakers head home for the holidays without a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> and there's good and bad news for california jobs. unemployment is down, but find out which big company is taking hundreds of jobs out of state. [ female announcer ] here's to a whole world of happier holidays. time to enchant, delight and amaze. safeway will help you gather everyone round. a smoked, shank half ham is only 99 cents a pound. get breyer's ice cream for $2.88 and dessert will surely shine. make it a grand finale with starbucks just $6.99. turns out this season less is really so much more. so make your holiday merrier than ever before. chevron plans to move those spots to houston over the nt two years.. but the company does plan to keep i corporate headquarters in san ramon. th some 800 bay area jobs may move out of town. chevron plans to move 800 jobs to houston but keep their headquarters in san ramon. >>> california's jobless rate dipped below 10% last month f
, cbs 5. >> thank you. >>> this afternoon, president obama will meet with congressional leaders in the latest effort to find a way out of a budget impasse. but as cbs reporter tara mergener tells us, it's not even clear if there's enough time to get a bill through congress before january 1. >>> reporter: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not --you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new
security threat for the obama administration as they begin their second term. >> reporter: cha says this is a problem president obama cannot afford to ignore. a test could send a missile over u.s. allies, including japan and those in southeast asia, creating a major security risk drawing them and the u.s. into a potential conflict. rebecca. >> anna werner, thank you. now to egypt. president mohamed morsi said tonight the country will vote december 15 on a new constitution. the draft document and the president's new powers brought egyptians back to the streets today. holly williams is in cairo tonight, and good evening to you, holly. >> reporter: good evening. well, tens of thousands of president morsi's supporters took to the streets today, but it follows days of protests by his opponents, who accuse mr. morsi of behaving like a dictator. last week, the president gave himself broad new powers that he says he needs until egypt has a new democratic constitution. the panel writing that constitution rushed to finish a final draft on friday working through the night. but the panel is dom
nottingham in washington. coming up, president obama consults a group of the nation's governors on the "fiscal cliff." >> and well wishes are pouring in for will and kate as brits make bets on whether it will be a boy, girl, twins or triplets. >>> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow live at the whole foods market in cupertino. if you have been looking for a way to help people for the holidays, we have a great idea for you plus we'll talk about that rain coming back all that in just a few minutes. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, typhoon in the philippines. 33 villagers wer >>> at least 74 people are dead or missing following a powerful typhoon in the philippines. >> 33 villagers all swept way after a massive wave hit their emergency shelter there. the storm brought in 160-mile- per-hour winds ashore toppling trees and causing widespread power outages. >>> syrian violence is deadly for schoolchildren. state media reports 29 students and a teacher were killed when a mortar slammed into their school outside damascus. the report blames terrorists a term the government uses for rebels. >>> this i
in by shooting out a window. as police closed p in, lanza shot himself. president obama spoke at a memorial. he arrived an hour before meeting private well family members of those killed in the mass ser. then he spoke in the memorial service. >> can we say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness? and with purpose? i've been reflecting on this the last few days. if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no. we're not doing enough. and we will have to change. >> and we'll have more on that memorial shortly with the mass shooting still fresh on many people's minds many politicians are drawing attention to stricter gun control laws. >> reporter: it happens after every u.s. mass firearms tragedy. the demand for greater controls on gun. the debate gets more and more heated, only to ultimately cool down. will it be differently this time? some say yes. in a nation with an estimated 12,000 firearm related homicides each year the massacre in connecticut has touched a national nerve. it's being called a tipping
and repairs to the street are expected to be finished sometime during the noon hour. >>> president obama called congressional leaders before he left hawaii searching for a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." danielle nottingham is in washington where it appears little progress is being made. >> reporter: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work out a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year
sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults will return a christmas gift so that's part of it. for the other part i'm joined live now with keith mchugh with the shopping center here braving the rain with us, as well. thank you so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> reporter: what brings shoppers out here the day after christmas? it's the holiday, you t
news reporter erica ferrari joins us live from newtown with more on president obama's appearance at a public memorial and it was obviously, a very emotional sad day as he spoke yesterday. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> reporter: charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam
. congressional leaders will talk with president obama trying to avert the "fiscal cliff." ed payne tells us they only have four days. >>> reporter: in what's seen as a last-minute attempt to reach a deal, president obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want
and counting to avoid that fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker john boehner met at the white house. >> the two men met for less than an hour and that is not an encouraging sign. >> i remain hopeful this we can get this resolved. >>> breaking news a 6.3 earthquake off the southern california coast was felt from san diego north into l.a. county. >> southern california is in store for another day of high tides and flooding. the so-called king tides are formed by the alignment of the sun, moon and earth. >>> this happens once every 30 years. >> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be making progress as he battles a lung infection. >>> it started with trash talking and ended with gunfire. surveillance cameras capture a shooting wounding two people. >> all that -- >> okay. we need the jaws of life. >> final in philadelphia, 34-13 cincinnati. >> the houston rockets' latest effort to sing is pretty embarrassing. ♪ and dradle i shall -- >> how do i even know you're a nun? you don't have the thing on. >> i know, i know but i have my
? i'm an american, what's the question? >> president obama made a new fiscal cliff offer. taxes will go up on those making more than $400,000. >> blinding snow, drenching rain, damaging winds knocked out power to thousands. >> all that -- >> kicked around on the ground. that's the way this game should end. that's the way the season should end! >> jim boeheim is the winner of 900 basketball games. >> and all that matters -- >> hawaii's daniel k. inouye died of respiratory complications. >> he's one of the giants of the senate. >> on cbs this morning -- >> i hope we can laugh tonight after a horrible weekend. i just want the people in connecticut to know that we do not take what you're going through lightly, and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- [ applause ] captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." students are going back to school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boys and girls of sandy hook elementary. their new school in a nearby town is not ready y
moving again, the nation's largest retailers' group has asked president obama t help end the strike. a 2002 labor dispute here ended only when president bush ordered the docks reopened after ten days, and that one, scott, cost the economy $15 billion. >> pelley: john, thank you. there is nothing stopping a pacific storm that is headed to the coast. this is a computer forecast that projects the density of moisture reaching from hawaii toward northern california. more than a foot of rain is predicted and mudslides are a danger. carter evans is in sacramento tonight. carter? >> reporter: scott, the sun broke through a few hours ago, but there still is a danger of flooding and mudslides through the weekend. more than half a foot of rain fell on northern california today. 40 mile per hour gusts have already knocked out power and toppled trees in san francisco. >> thankfully this didn't hurt anybody but it could be a lot worse. >> staying dry. >> thanks to you. >> where are you staying tonight? >> tonight, down the street. >> reporter: sister libby fernandez expects to help about a thousa
't believe the latest white house proposal. the obama administration insists there's no deal without a tax increase. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. it may appear the two sides are nowhere but these talks are expected to pick up dramatically very soon. december is here and as they say here in washington the lawmakers can smell the jet fumes meaning the planes taking them home for their holiday recess. what we're hearing there should be a deal by christmas. the white house is already decorated for the holidays but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving the average household with a nearly $3,500 hangover. timothy geithner was on the hill last week to present the president's plan to congress. >> i was flabbergasted. >> reporter: president obama wants $1.6 trillion in new taxes on the rich. $400 billion in cu
's what they hear after the obama administration is ready to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't bid on higher taxes. on top earners. a just released poll shows nearly half of those ads say it's time to end tax cuts for the wealthy but keep it in place for americans earning $250,000 or less. 32% say the tax cuts should remain in place for everyone. during a broadcast interview yesterday timothy geithner was asked what if republican don't agree to raising taxes. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, we say there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those tax rates going up. remember, it's 2%. remember, all of those americans, too, get a tax cut into that framework on the first $250,000 of their income. >> that said the president and speaker john boehner discussed the budget by phone yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this game of fiscal chicken. susan, good morning to you. >> right. good morning, terrell. yeah, that phone call does raise the possibility that some serious talks could star
in the streets of egypt today during a phone conversation, president obama told president mohamed morsi that the violence there is unacceptable. at least six people have been killed as morsi supporters and opponents fought outside of the presidential palace. opponents marched on the palace last night calling on morsi to step down. but in a speech to the nation he refused to compromise. holly williams is in cairo. holly, good morning to you. what's the latest there? >> reporter: some people hope that after days of protest and bloodshed president morsi would make a major concession when he addressed the nation but he didn't do that. his opponents want to have him immediately give up all of the sweeping new powers that he gave himself two weeks ago and postpone a referendum on egypt's new constitution which is due to take place in over a week. critics say the constitution doesn't protect the rights of all egyptians. president morsi didn't do either of those thing. instead he offered to give up just one of his new powers, a vaguely worded right to take any necessary measures to protect the
for reelection, governor snyder will face the voters in two years. >> pelley: thanks, elaine. president obama and house speaker john boehner talked by phone today about the so-called fiscal cliff-- those tax hikes for most americans and massive spending cuts that will kick in the first of the year unless two strike a budget deal. a republican source tells us that the president has cut his demand for more tax revenue from $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion, but the source said that the lower figure is no more acceptable to republicans. but the negotiations continue in private. the united states has a lot at stake in the syrian civil war. president obama has suggested that american firepower might be needed to prevent the dictatorship from using chemical weapons. we've learned that tomorrow the administration will endorse one of the rebel groups that is now fighting to overthrow bashar al- assad. who are these new american allies? clarissa ward found their leader in brussels. >> reporter: moaz al-khatib is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. what does it me
obama and congressional republicans remain split on raising taxes on upper middle-class americans. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest now. susan, good morning to you. >> hi. good morning, terrell. both sides are talking publicly about what they want. the gop pushing back against that. but privately negotiations do continue. in an exclusive interview airing on abc's "20/20" this friday night, president obama says he's optimistic a deal will be reached, and he's confident the gop won't hold the middle-class taxes hostage to protect higher income americans. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other, and think the key is to make sure the taxes go up on higher individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. >> reporter: earlier on tuesday the president and house speaker john boehner shared a phone call to discuss the latest republican proposal. it comes after the obama administration lowered its request for new tax revenue from $1.6 trillion in over ten years to 1.4 trillion. but before the call boehner was critical of the president. >> right now the american peopl
break, and noe republican speaker of the house and president obama seem no closer to a budget deal. as you know, if they don't come up with a spending compromise, most americans will see a hefty tax increase automatically on january 1. major garrett is covering for us at the white house tonight. major? h reporter: scott, two senior white house officials tell us the next 48 hours are crucial. until republicans relent on raising income tax rates for households earning more than $250,000, the democrats will not discuss g.o.p. demand for cuts medicaitlement programs like te house and medicaid. this white house photo of president obama talking yesterday to house speaker john boehner does not convey the 2%se and difficult reality. the g.o.p. leader told mr. obama he wanted to permanently extend all current tax rates, including reose for the two 2% of earners. > there were some offers that conversahanged back and forth yesterday, and the president and r:had a pretty frank conversation about just how far apart we are. >> reporter: we asked white hinge spokesman jay carney today uhere thing
a news conference on friday and the white house says president obama will actively support a bill to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. >>> people in the bay area continue to pay tribute to victims of the connecticut shooting. yesterday evening, families and educators in the pleasanton unified school district held a candlelight vigil. photos of the 26 victims were displayed on a tree at amaral park. pleasanton school officials say it's a sad reminder of the importance of their jobs. >> always look at procedures and practices and what else we can do to improve. >> letters, pictures and donations from pleasanton will be sent to newtown later this week. >>> the san jose sikh temple has a vigil planned for 6:30 tonight. they are on morillo avenue south of quimby road in the east foothills. >>> california is no longer invested in assault rifles. it's pulled nearly $9 million of state pension money out of the gunmaker freedom group, which manufacturers the bushmaster. >> illegal to either have or sell that weapon in the state of california. so obviously the state sh
came together to push a ban on assault rifles. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce it. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more funerals or viewings today. on wednesday each of the victims was remembered in his or her own special way. paul simon sang at the funeral for 27-year-old teacher victoria soto. she died trying to protect her first grade teastudents. >> she gave her life for her kids. it breaks my kids. >> 7-year-old daniel barden wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up, so firemen across the region said good-bye to him as though he were one of their own. carolyn prev ity liked to draw and dance. principal dawn hochsprung was
. the gunman adam lanza carried hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition. last night president obama met privately with families in newtown and then spoke at a memorial service. the president said, quote, we can't tolerate this anymore. we must change. he ended his remarks by reading the names of the 20 child victims. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia, josephine, ana, dylan, madeleine, catherine, chase, jesse, james, grace, emilie, jack, noah, caroline, jessica, benjamin, avielle, allison. god has called them all home. >> erica ferrari is in newtown this morning. erica, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. behind closed doors, the president reportedly told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut, remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words
. >>> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. the deadline is only six days away. the president plans to leave hawaii today and head back to washington to meet with lawmakers. where heed he and his wife, michelle, spent christmas visiting u.s. troops and their families in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say
. president obama has nominated john kerry to be her replacement. >> marlie hall in new york this morning. >>> also today is the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. hope of reaching a wide-ranging deal in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop.
, connecticut, with the latest on president obama's appearance. erica. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president reportedly told the governor of connecticut that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut, remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies. and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been word. adam lanza had enough bullets to kill every child in the school. >> high capacity magazine for the rifle, all right, and multiple magazines for the
is being held today. >> president obama is flying to newtown for today's memorial service. >> and cbs reporter erica ferrari is in newtown now to bring us the latest. good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. police have released the names and ages of the victims, but they haven't given any kind of a motive for what they think might have triggered this attack, this as families prepare to bury the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut to pray for victims of friday's shooting, as this community grievous, families in this small town now planning funerals for their children. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- >> reporter: robbie parker's daughter, emilie was one of the 20 children killed in friday's shooting. >> she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> reporter: parker and dozens of other parents had their children's bodies returned to them by authorities yesterday. police say they died when 20-year-old adam lanza forced his way into sandy hook elementary friday morning and started firing. president
of that at this point, they just didn't know. president obama at the white house today was visibly shaken when he came out to address the nation and we will have more of the president's remarks when this special coverage of the "cbs evening news" returns from newtown, connecticut. ,,,,,,,,,,, >> pelley: when president obama addressed the nation about the shooting he seemed visibly upset at the white house today. >> they had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost. our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well. for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain. as a country, we have been through this too many times. whethe
are now in the had hands of two men, president obama and house speaker eer jo boehner. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning in the west. the president has stepped up his rhetoric, warning failure to fix the fiscal crisis could sour the christmas season. as another day passed without any real progress, president obama ventured out to push his claim that the middle class will suffer. ♪ you better watch out you better not cry ♪ >> at the national christmas tree lighting, president obama joined the holiday mood. but earlier, visiting a middle class virginia family, he threatened that congress could ruin the christmas season. if it doesn't act, the administration says, middle class tax bills will increase by $2,000. >> we're in the midst of the christmas season. i think the american people are counting on this getting solved. the closer it gets to the brink, the more stress there is going to be. >> reporter: what may raise the stress level even further is the promise that both the president and treasury secretary geithner has m
the bill, boehner said it's now up to president obama and the senate to find a way to avoid the cliff. so there's no way to get a plan through the house based on republican support. that is the political lesson from this. but the day before, they said this is going to pass and then yanked it because the support in that chamber was not there. so i don't know quite where it goes from here. no one does. and now it's time for christmas break. so they get back and have less than a week to get something done before january. >> and the president isn't going to hawaii now, right? >> the last i heard, it was still up in the air. you can't imagine he would have a vacation now. or any of them shouldn't have a vacation now. but we don't know. so cliff hanger is the right word for sure. >>> now we turn to a political eye opener and a new poll about the republican party. for the first time, the majority of americans, 53% in fact, say the republicans are too extreme. that is up from 40% just two years ago. also 22% of the republicans polled now admit their party is moving beyond the main stream. >>> ano
cliff. president obama took his case on the road today. he told people at a toy factory in pennsylvania he will insist on keeping tax rates where they are for middle income families and raising them for the wealthy. >> in washington nothing's easy. so yeah there's going to be so prolonged negotiations. and all of us are going to have to get out of our comfort zones to make that happen. >> increasing tax rates draws money away from our economy that needs to be invested in our economy to put the american people back to work. it's the wrong approach. >> john baner says negotiations are going as he put it almost nowhere. without an agreement. hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases take effect in january. >> if the fiscal cliff wasn't enough there's another problem that threatens to suck billions of dollars out of the economy. the california labor dispute that may need a nudge from the president. >> great news for anybody with about 26.2 miles of outdoor activity planned for the weekend. the weather may get worse. >> we have a lot more rainfall heading toward the bay area but the t
house says president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi to express concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents who have been protesting for a couple of weeks now. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. this is a live picture outside in cairo. you can see that the tents are still up there and a lot of people congregating o on the street. >>> 4:47. the bizarre saga of john mcafee has ended. he was briefly treated for chest pains before being are brought to the cell. he is suffering from stress and hyper tension. mac afee slipped into a guatemala from neighboring belize and asked for asylum. authorityauthorities in belize want to question him about his neighbor's murder. >>> they are looking for a plan to a void the fiscal cliff. congressmen were on capitol hill talking about a negative impact in the spending cuts kick in january 1st. president obama failed a visit to a northern virginia family -- had a visit to a northern virginia family th
family lit the national christmas tree, president obama said the mandatory spending cuts and tax hikes that could kick in 25 days from now are threatening to ruin the holidays for millions of americans. >> the american people are counting on this getting solved. >> reporter: the two parties are leaving negotiations to the two main power brokers, president obama and house speaker john boehner. >> if the president doesn't agree with our proposal, he has an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own. a plan that can pass both chambers of the congress. >> reporter: with the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff deadline, government workers have joined the push but they want to make sure they're not cut out of the deal. >> federal employees that i represent have offered up $103 billion to the federal deficit. >> reporter: jd cox of the american federation of government employees say they can't afford anymore cuts and going over the fiscal cliff will impact millions of americans. >> there would be a lot of federal employees who would be furloughed or riffed and wo
the united states falls off the fiscal cliff and while president obama is out on the road pushing his plan to avoid it, some republicans are pushing party leaders to give into his top demand. cbs 5 reporter danielle nottingham explains why. >> reporter: president obama headed to detroit this morning to seek support from auto workers for his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. the the president's latest campaign-style appearance follows a weekend white house style meeting with house speaker john boehner. both sides remain hopeful but little progress was made. if the president and speaker boehner can't reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes for all americans will go up, and across the board spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. economists say that combination would plunge the country back into a recession. >> reporter: there are signs some republicans will willing to compromise on taxes if they can secure cut to social security, medicare and medicaid. >> give the president the 2% increase that he is talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%, and all o
to compromise on tax hikes and spending cuts. ed to president obama hit the road to rally support from his plan. cbs reporter danielle nottingham has the latest from washington. >> president obama's public campaign to steer clear of the fiscal cliff took him to a diesel engine planted detroit. >> if congress doesn't act soon, meaning in the next few weeks, starting on january first, everybody's going to see their income taxes go up. >> private face to face talks were revised this weekend when house speaker boehner went over to the white house. neither side is releasing details about the conversation, but taxes are still the big sticking point. >> i'm not going to have a situation where the wealthiest among us, including folks like me get to keep all our tax break. >> while republicans have adamantly opposed raising taxes, now some are considering it if democrats agree to social security and medicare changes. republicans were disappointed with the proposed spending cuts in the president's first offer which do not include changes to entitlement programs. >> we have got to do something about the s
. >> reporter: president obama wiped away tears as he addressed the nation. >> our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost. >> reporter: police questioned the gunman's brother, ryan lanza, no word of a murder in sandy hook elementary school there is no end to the sorry. counselors had been on sight throughout the day. there was -- on seattle throughout the day. there was a vij -- on site throughout the day. there was a candlelight vigil. >> thank you. here is what else weave learned today -- we have learned today, adam lanza was caring two automatic hand guns and had a assault rifle in the back of the car that he took to the school. all three were bought legally and registered to his mother. authorities also recovered three other weapons. adam lanza was an honor student who may have suffered from a personality disorder. earlier we reported that his mother was a teacher at the school, now that is unclear. at least one parent said she was a substitute teacher there. witnesses say
parents were told their children were dead . it was awful. >> reporter: president obama addressed the nation who was in shock. >> our hearts are broken today for the families of these young children and for the families of the adults that were lost. >> reporter: police questioned the gunman's brother, ryan lanza, who lives in new jersey, but so far there's no word of a motive. in sandy hook there's no end to the sorrow. >> they held a vigil earlier this evening at a local church and counselors were in the area throughout the day. many people feel this town will never be the same again. >> here's what else we've learned. adam lanza was carrying two semiautomatic hand guns, a sig sauer and a glock handgun. all three guns were bought legally and registered to his mother. authorities also recovered three other guns. lanza was an honor student who according to an official may have suffered from a personality disorder. his mother was a kindergarten teacher at the school. one parent says she was a substitute there, even though her name is not on a staff list. the shooter was wearing blac
in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth time in his presidency and the second time this year president obama has consoled the community hit by gun violence. there was ft. hood, there was tucson, there was aurora, and now newtown. the president arrived here late this afternoon. he met with victims' families and first responders. and tonight he attended a vigil at the newtown high school. >> newtown, you are not alone. these difficult days have unfolded. you've also inspired us, with stories of strength and resolve and sacrifice. >> jeff: the president also called for change in that speech saying are we really powerless in the face of such carnage. tomorrow the first funerals will take place. and today we learned police said that friday's massacre could be have been much, much worse. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: newtown is a place of sober reflection and crushing emotion. all day people walk slowly to this makeshift memorial to leave flowers, light a candle, shed their tears. >> they were babies, they were innocent babies and that is what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: at s
manslaughter charges. >>> president obama is cutting short his vacation in hawaii to work on budget negotiations. mr. obama plans to leave hawaii late today and arrive in d.c. early tomorrow. he and members of congress are trying to find a way to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." lawmakers will also be back in session on thursday without a deal by the end of the year automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect. >>> starbucks is trying to do what it can to urge a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee chain is asking employees at its cafes in the d.c. area to write the words "come together" on cups for the next two days. starbucks plans to continue the effort on social media. >>> encouraging signs in the housing market. home prices rose in most major cities in october up more than 4% from a year earlier and october was the fifth straight month of year-over-year gains. taking a look at the big board now, you can see that stocks are down today in a light trading session. you can see the dow is down about 9 points. >>> a bay area family and the season of giving. how the
on nbc's meet the press president obama said the endless wrangling was not the democrat's fault. >> we have been talking to the republicans ever since the election was over. they have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers. >> at midday democrats suddenly declared that one element of the republican offer was a deal breaker. a proposal to change the way social security benefits are calculated that would lead to smaller checks for many. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage. that just doesn't seem appropriate. >> so republicans quickly dropped that proposal and insisted the two sides were closer than they seemed. >> so hopefully the discussions between the vice president and senator mcconnell will get us back on track. >> reporter: this evening leader reid announced there would be no vote tonight and that the senate would reconvene tomorrow morning. at this point both the house and the sflat would feed to vote on a plan tomorrow to give the president something to sign before the deadline. nancy cordes, cbs news on capitol hill. >> jeff: the pres
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